Jan Hermann Knoop


Though it is neither a herbal nor a flora, we can hardly ignore so brightly illustrated a book as Fructologie by Herman Knoop (Amsterdam, 1771). The text, in this French edition, was first published in Dutch in 1763. It gives thorough descriptions of many varieties of apples and pears, and also covers quinces, cherries, plums, apricots, chestnuts etc., all shown vividly on the large copperplates which are folded into this folio volume of 205 pages. The book gives advice on the propagation, cultivation, and uses of the various fruits, and is evidence of the growing interest in fruit gardens in the eighteenth century. The image shown here is of popular varieties of pears.